April 28, 2014( Comments: 0 )

Why fat is awesome

Hi Everyone

Today I would like you to read a transcript off Jess Ainscough’s – Wellness Warrior blog

“WHY FAT IS AWESOME”

This may help your perception of fat and what is good fat and why they are so important in controlling our hormone levels and assisting with sugar cravings

Enjoy the read

Why Fat Is Awesome

I can pinpoint the exact time in my life when I began to demonise fat. It was not long after my 14th birthday and I decided that I needed to go on a diet. I’d reached the end of my run and could no longer pig out on whatever I wanted without facing the consequences. I made promises with myself to exercise after school, but the promises were always broken in favour of watching afternoon TV. Then a lightbulb went off. I thought, I’ll just stop eating fat! No fat in the mouth equals no fat on the body. It was genius. Until it didn’t work.

Almost 10 years later I realised I had been duped. Convincing marketing had sucked me, and the rest of the world, into believing that fat was the devil. As a result we started replacing this part of our diet with fillers like sugar and carbohydrates and all hell broke loose.

Obesity skyrocketed, diabetes rates soared, and other chronic and degenerative diseases became so much more prominent. Basically, we screwed things up big time.

The body needs fat. Without it, it won’t function well. You won’t lose weight – you will lose health. Almost every part of our body requires good, healthy fat in order to shine. For instance, the brain is made up of 70% fat. I’m not talking about trans fats found in processed foods and margarine (yuck), I’m talking about natural fats found in foods like coconut, avocado, nuts, seeds, eggs, and organic grass-fed animal products.

To beef out the argument, I had three experts weigh in on why fat is awesome:

Fat helps with sugar cravings and helps you lose weight

“Eating healthy fats kills sugar cravings, immediately. One of my secret weapons in my own personal war against sugar is coconut oil. It’s one of the best fats around. Coconut oil is made up of medium-chain fatty acids, or medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). Indeed, coconut oil is nature’s richest source of MCTs. These fatty acids produce a host of health benefits, but here’s the bit I like: your body sends medium-chain fatty acids straight to your liver to use as energy. This means coconut oil is a source of instant energy, much like sugar and other simple carbohydrates. But, although both deliver quick energy to your body, unlike the carbohydrates, coconut oil does not produce an insulin spike in your bloodstream. This saves you from a slump, and is really good news for anyone struggling with insulin issues. Like me.

And bonus, eating healthy fats can help you lose weight! Fat doesn’t make you fat. Again, it’s the medium-chain fatty acids. Most plant oils are made up of longer chain fat triglycerides (LCTs). LCTs are typically stored in the body as fat; MCTs are transported directly to the liver, promoting “thermogenesis” which increases the body’s metabolism. There are a stack of studies that have shown this to be the case, like this one. This study shows eating two tablespoons of coconut oil with a meal caused body temperature to rise, boosting metabolism. Plus, MCTs are not easily converted into stored triglycerides and cannot be readily used by the body to make larger fat molecules.”

– Sarah Wilson, author of I Quit Sugar

Fat is crucial for healthy hormones

“Fat is vital for hormonal health and wellness simply because our hormones are made up of both fat (cholesterol) and protein. If we aren’t eating enough therapeutic fats in our diet, our body doesn’t have the essential building blocks to physically make hormones. What’s more, for a healthy nervous system, fat is equally important. Both our nervous system and our hormones are the master controllers of all body functions. Without fat to support these, the messages can’t be delivered. This is one of the reasons we are experiencing an epidemic of poor hormone health – we’ve moved away from what our body functionally requires.”

– Dr Nat Kringoudis, author of Fertilise Yourself and Eat Fat, Be Thin

Fat is vital for brain health

“Cholesterol is vitally important for brain function. While your brain represents about 2-3% of your total body weight, 25% of the cholesterol in your body is found in your brain, where it plays important roles in such things as membrane function, acts as an antioxidant, and serves as the raw material from which we are able to make things like progesterone, estrogen, cortisol, testosterone and even vitamin D.

In fact, in a recent study available on the NIH Public Access site, researchers showed that in the elderly, the best memory function was observed in those with the highest levels of cholesterol.”

– Dr David Perlmutter, author of Grain Brain

There you have it. Go forth and eat good fat. For the past couple of months I’ve been off sugar and grains, and have loaded my diet with heaps of good fats. I haven’t put on any weight, and my head actually feels clearer than ever. There’s definitely something to it. 

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